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Pettavel

www.pettavel.com

65 Pettavel Rd, Waurn Ponds, 3216

Cellar Door: Closed at moment

Ph: (03) 5266 1120

winery
Pettavel Winery at Waurn Ponds just beyond the suburban outskirts of Geelong (photo genxywines). It has been closed since 2011.

Pettavel winery closed due to mounting debts in 2011 but in March 2012 the facility has been sold to a local winery for $4m. I anm unaware of future plans for the site and the complex was still closed last time I went by in Oct 2012.

The name honours Swiss immigrant, David Pettavel, who established the first vineyard in the Geelong region back around 1842. Mike Fitzpatrick is the third generation winegrower with the family establishing some of the first vineyards in Mildura.

Mike and his wife Sandy started developing vineyards around Sutherlands Creek in 1990. In 2001 they decided to establish a winery at Waurn Ponds. Daughter Robyn now manages the winery and restaurant business and son Reece manages the vineyards.

Winemaker Peter Flewellyn is a Roseworthy graduate and spent 7 years as a flying in winemaker in France, Spain, Moldova, South Africa and Argentina.

The budget range is Evening Star (Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cab Merlot and a late harvest Riesling. Budget priced doesn't mean mediocre as the late havest Riesling picked up a Gold Medal at the 2006 Geelong Wine Show.

The mid-range is Platina (Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Merlot/Petit Verdot and a Cab Sav/Franc blend. The premium label that only comes out in the better vintages is Southern Emigre (Shiraz and a Shiraz Viognier).

The cellar door featured a stylish contemporary restaurant with an extensive wine list of national and internatonal wines.

tasting
Cellar Door tasting section (photo genxywines)
restaurant
The restaurant was open daily for lunch and for dinner on Friday night. The wine list features over 150 national and international wines. (photo genxywines)
cheese
We opted for the cheese platter with our Riesling and Viognier. The cheese platter selection changes regularly and draws on local and international cheeses. (photo genxywines)
vines
....And most importantly, the estate vines.(photo genxywines)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Pettavel Evening Star Late Harvest Riesling 2009

Purchased: $20 from stall at Federation Square Showcase

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, green gold colour, fermented in four year old French oak, fragrant lemon barley, passionfruit and lime marmalade, some spiciness and lingering citric acids, although not particularly complex it has lovely balance and length (****)

Pettavel Southern Émigré Shiraz Viognier 2006

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, about 5% Viognier input, slightly stewed plum and mulberry with lifted violet, mint, anise and toasty spices, medium-full bodied with fine savoury tannins, lots of roast coffee oak (***1/2)

Pettavel Evening Star Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, entry level wine showing silky plum and raspberry with toasty brown spices and pepper, broad and medium bodied palate with the sweet oak providing the length missing from the fruit (***)

Pettavel Evening Star Shiraz Rose 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, off-dry with a rather oily texture and substantial body weight for a Rose, cranberry and watermelon with dried herb with a dry and chalky finish (***)

Pettavel Southern Émigré Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, from a range of the best small batch open ferments arising from the 20 year old vines, dense and tannic although the alcohol is kept down to 14.5%, ripe and jammy blackberry and liquorice with a handsome range of black pepper and Asian spices, a firm grid of earthy tannins with plenty of new French oak, needs time to unlock (****)

Pettavel Platina Viognier 2007

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, perfumed and creamy barrel fermented style, apricot and tropical fruit flavours, the orange rind citrus acidity cuts through, lees texture and a whisper of vanilla oak, stylish just seems a little too over-worked for me (***1/2)

Pettavel Platina Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2005

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, a 50:50% blend, perfumed with intense flavours of the warm but not too hot vintage, ripe blackcurrant, redcurrant and raspberry, medium bodied and spicy with some subtle savoury mushroom notes, fine grained tannins with a leafy/menthol finish, balanced French oak (***1/2)

Pettavel Evening Star Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2008, just released when tasted, clean style, fresh cut grass and tropical fruit, nice savoury balance with snowpea and capsicum aspects later on, chalky citric finish but not too much, should be a pleasant food wine (***1/2)

Pettavel Southern Emigre Shiraz Viognier 2005

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, opulent and spicy perfumed nose, dense blackcurrant and mulberry, full bodied earthy palate with the 5% Viognier input adding mid-palate lushness without overpowering, creamy coffee-chocolate oak, lingering savoury tannins, better balance than the 2004 (****1/2)

Pettavel Evening Star Late Harvest Riesling 2006

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, Gold Medal Geelong Wine Show 2006, racy floral nose, lush sweet lime and tropical fruit, good texture with vibrant acidity to offset the sweetness, only 10.5% alcohol (****)

Pettavel Platina Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2004

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, a 50: 50 blend, lively blackcurrant and raspberry with menthol and black pepper notes, spicy and medium-full bodied, good fruit definition, length and balance, coffee and dark chocolate aspects from the 18 months in French oak, fine tannins (****)

Pettavel Platina Viognier 2006

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, bright lemon and apricot with creamy malolactic texture, spicy with some subtle French oak and zesty acids, a touch extractive but the style works for me (****)

Pettavel Platina Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, hand plunged in open fermenters, big and rounded plummy style with some red cherry support, spicy with underlying mushroomy earthiness, lush white chocolate, coffee and cedar French oak aspects, chalky tannins are firmish at the moment (***1/2)

Pettavel Evening Star Riesling 2006

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, gentle tropical fruit and lime with lavender notes, lots of chalky minerality and with a lingering crisp lemon acid finish (***1/2)

Pettavel Evening Star Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, heavy spring rains and a mild February made this more vibrant than expected in drought affected Victoria, lively tropical fruit and lychee with some snowpea notes, chalky lime finish (***1/2)

Pettavel Evening Star Pinot Noir 2007

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, fresh easy drinking and light medium bodied style, dark plum and red cherry with some white pepper notes, earthy with fine tannins and a touch of chocolate (***)

Pettavel Southern Emigre Shiraz Viognier 2004

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, dense blackcurrant and plum, savoury full bodied palate, chocolate and spice features, balanced tannins, good handling of the Shiraz but a bit too much Viognier to go to the top rank (****)

Pettavel Platina Petit Verdot Merlot 2004

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, matured for 14 months in Russian oak, rich plum and blackberry with pepper and mint features, spicy, mouth-filling, medium bodied palate with good depth, coffee and chocolate oak features, balanced tannins (****)

Pettavel Evening Star Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2005

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, blackberry and plum, leafy and spicy medium bodied palate, subtle tannins, integrated cedary oak (***1/2)

Pettavel Evening Star Chardonnay 2004

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, stonefruit and melon flavours are a bit dulled by the oily palate, crisp, citric finish, well integrated vanilla oak (***)

Pettavel Platina Viognier 2005

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, elegant style showing apricot, orange peel and pear aromas, creamy palate with varietal mid-palate spicy lift, subtle vanilla oak, firm acid, a touch over-extractive but otherwise a class act (****)

Pettavel Evening Star Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, soft passionfruit and gooseberry and green bean flavours, good line and balanced acidity, dry, minerally finish (***1/2)

Pettavel Platina Chardonnay 2004

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, ripe tropical fruit and stonefruit with orange blossom notes, oily palate, lots of toasty vanilla oak gives a lingering oaky finish, subtle tannins (***1/2)

Pettavel Platina Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, ripe plum and liqueur cherry flavours, oak driven palate has some green edges and is quite acidic, charry vanilla French oak, fine tannins(***)

Pettavel Evening Star Chardonnay 2003

Purchased: IGA, Lygon Street, Carlton, Vic ($17)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, bright yellow-gold colour, tangy stonefruit and melon, oily palate shows some honeyed bottle age features, crisp, rounded but persistent finish, well integrated vanilla oak (***)